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Faced with an ongoing crisis with Israel and a 7-year blockade in Gaza, the Palestinian people, including people with disabilities, get by as best they can.
The situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories has deteriorated since 2000 and the second Intifada. Following Hamas’s election victory and its formation of a government, international aid to the Palestinian authorities was frozen. Both economic and social conditions deteriorated rapidly. Since the expulsion of Fatah in 2007, Gaza has been subjected to a blockade by Israel and Egypt.
During the events of summer 2014, 440,000 people were forced to seek refuge in collective shelters, with thousands of civilians killed or injured. There was widespread destruction, with more than 200 schools and around fifty hospitals destroyed.
Restrictions on the movement of Palestinians are affecting people with disabilities particularly badly, as they find it extremely difficult to get around and access the services they need. The hilly nature of the country, particularly the West Bank, together with the lack of public and accessible transport, further exacerbates these difficulties.
People with disabilities have to contend with discrimination at every level of society, in particular in the areas of education and employment. This situation is especially problematic for women with disabilities and the mothers of children with disabilities.